Sketchnotes from last night's iq2 talk at the Royal Geographical Society (it's on The Map!) from Edward Tufte, something of a greatest hits. I missed some of the best wise cracks such as "after four books I needed a theory" and enumerating his Six Grand Principles of Analytical Design, ironically because they, like most of the talk, were presented verbally, and with few visual metaphors! I am very pleased with my printed copy of Minard's timeline and a flyer on sparklines. Sadly none of the questions, including my feeble "how useful was it to find an enemy in Powerpoint" sparked much interest, and he missed a great chance to rant when asked what he thought of the current fad of lazy infographics (he seemed to be unaware of that meme). In the pub we did wonder what the respected academic makes of his current cult following, a room packed with hipster designers. Anyway, great to see a great man.
- the Centaur from Beautiful Evidence
- my lame joke, at the start ET had trouble getting his keynote to flip into presenter mode, hence .. "ce n'est pas un powerpoint"
- Perspective, cups falling off a medieval table
- Da Vinci's beautiful combination of text and graphics
- Charles Joseph Minard's timeline
- His famous Stalin does Powerpoint cartoon from the cover of The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint.
- Galileo's sparkline like notes on Saturn
- 16th century map of China
- Beautiful 16th century typography, but textual content hasn't really stood test of time.
- Power users demand more content real estate with some traders having up to 6 screens .. and look what good it did them!
- Minard's diagram is essentially anti-war, though interestingly he missed out the Russian army and civilian death toll.
- News websites have many exit links — ET is a fan of NY Times, me not so much, but I do quite like Google News.
- Only two industries call customers (I think he prefers "consumers") "users" .. the audience were way ahead of the punchline.
- Detailed explanation of Sparklines, ET's innovation, following a handout.
- Edward R. Tufte
- We want to be approximately right, rather than exactly wrong.
- Content matters — it's a shame we live in a world where that counts as an insight!